Wednesday 26 June 2013

Garmin introduces Monterra: A rugged Android-powered GPS

Garmin today announced its first outdoor rugged handheld GPS with Android at core. Dubbed as Monterra, it will be available in Q3 for a suggested price of $649.99 (Worldwide with preloaded worldwide basemap), and $699.99 (U.S. with preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K with Navteq roads).

Garmin Monterra packs 4-inch capacitive multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, 3-axis compass with accelerometer, gyro, barometric altimeter, built-in UV sensor, ANT+, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, dual-band GPS and GLONASS receiver.

In addition, the device comes with 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal memory and a microSD slot for even more extra storage.

“Monterra provides outdoor professionals and enthusiasts with the ultimate ability to customize their GPS device to perfectly suit their personal and professional needs,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales.

According to Garmin, Monterra features a unique mapping feature: 3D MapMerge. With this feature, users can combine two maps–like TOPO, basemap, or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery–then view the new unique map in three dimensions.

Monterra uses a dual battery system, which allows users the option of using the rechargeable Li-ion pack (included) or traditional AA batteries.

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